Artist and printmaker from Fethard, Cork
‘Féilire’ is the Irish word for calendar or more precisely, time linked by festivals . Our understanding of our existence is based on how we experience time and events.
‘Féilire’ is a small-scale installation that begins the study of the Irish Celtic Calendar.
The Irish Celtic calendar has 13 divisions. Different animals and trees are associated with each ‘month’. The tree has an ogham symbol and it is that symbol that denotes the month.We mark the year within our own understanding and participation in events.
“What are you doing for the New Year? Solstice? Your Summer Holidays/ Birthday?
Unlike the large-scale, installation/intervention work that is usually associated with Lucy Phelan, ‘Féilire' is a collection of small-scale etchings and digital prints.
The animal imagery and use of text is still present in the work, as is the viewer's interaction and interpretation. Perhaps even more so as the viewer can become the owner, make choices, and devise their own version of the work from an infinite number of possibilities.
Placement dictates meaning. What is seen and what is believed are interdependent. Our lives are shaped by learned responses to social stimuli.